KTS TRUNKLINE NEWSLETTER
Growing the Tree Care Work Force
Those that have been involved in the tree care industry for several years may have asked themselves at one point or another, “What will the tree care industry look like in 10 or 20 years?” and “Who will take my place when I retire?”
KTS Director of Operations, Paul Filary, along with other members of the Illinois Arborist Association (IAA), created a task force focusing on building the industry’s workforce. The goal for 2020 was to increase awareness of our industry by representing careers in arboriculture through IAA at several career exploration events for high school and college-age students.
Events in which IAA and professional tree care were represented was at the D211 Career Expo in Palatine, as well as in Fox Lake at Grant Community High School “Spring Into Careers” Career Fair. Over 100 professions were represented at each event. This gave students the opportunity to see the diversity of career paths, find a part-time or full-time job, sign-up for an internship, or simply ask questions to learn more about careers in relation to their personal interests.